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Paradise Lost Satans Character In Miltons first book of Paradise Lost Satan the expected evil archfiend of the epic is actually depicted as a powerful and heroic character Satans passionate and ambitious character is more intriguing than Gods reasonable and mild personality Milton needs Satan to be a desirable character in the beginning to represent the temptation man faces when dealing with the devil However Milton being a strong puritan would never allow an evil character to become the true hero Milton did not plan on Satan being viewed as positively as he sometimes is in book one Much of the sympathy and praise Satan receives from readers is due to the changed morals of todays society The ambitious and proud character that Milton created for Satan is seen as positive in todays society However when Milton wrote this epic being ambitious was seen as an act against God Milton had intentions to make Satan agreeable in the beginning however he did not intend him to resemble the epics hero This view was caused by the change in societys morals and could not have been predicted by Milton In the beginning of the epic Satan is not pure evil By the end of book one he still resembles Lucifer the angel he once was in heaven It is not until the later books that Satan is portrayed as completely evil and disagreeable Satan is seen as a tragic figure as he is thrown down into Hell This evokes feelings of sympathy towards him Because Satan is not pure evil it leaves room for people to feel positively towards him Satans magnificence also comes from the inspired verse which Milton puts into his speeches All is not lost the unconquerable will and study of revenge immortal hate and courage never to submit or yield and what is else not to be overcome Satans passionate and encouraging words draws the reader towards him Satans character
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